Congressman Tim Ryan Speaks with GM CEO, the CEO of Workhorse and the Founder of Company Buying GM’s Lordstown Plant
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding a proposed deal by General Motors (GM) to sell the Lordstown plant to a newly-formed entity led by the founder and former CEO of Ohio company Workhorse. This afternoon, Congressman Ryan spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra as well as the CEO of Workhorse, Duane Hughes and Steve Burns, founder of a newly-created company which intends to purchase the plant.
“This deal, should it be approved, could be very positive for the Mahoning Valley. As I’ve stated before, I worked as hard as possible to land another vehicle within the GM product line but that shouldn’t damper the excitement around the possibility of producing in the Mahoning Valley the nation’s first union-made, all-electric truck. The past couple years have been painful and heartbreaking for our community. We’ve seen thousands of good-paying jobs lost as the third, second and eventually last shift at GM Lordstown disappeared. While I remain positive for the Mahoning Valley’s long-term future, we are still picking up the pieces from a devastated local economy. But this proposed deal is much-needed and welcome news.
“Today, I had an encouraging conversation with the CEO of Workhorse and the founder of the new company attempting to acquire the Lordstown plant and I feel our goals and vision align very well. The manufacturing and assembly of these trucks could bring many direct and indirect jobs to our community and benefit our economy and environment as a whole. Virtually every expert acknowledges that electric vehicles are the future, and we need to be focused on making them here in the United States and northeast Ohio. The collaborations with additive manufacturing via America Makes, energy technologies via the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, to our world-class universities and colleges, we have the resources and workforce that are second to none. I pledged my full support of federal resources should this deal be approved by all parties and I remain hopeful that we will someday restore full production at Lordstown’s plant,” said Congressman Ryan.